Tyson Fury’s co-promoters have no problem with the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion fighting Dillian Whyte next in England.
Bob Arum informed BoxingScene.com that Fury’s next fight should take place in Fury’s native country, whether it’s against Whyte or Joe Joyce. Arum acknowledged that Whyte might make the most sense for a high-profile fight for Fury in the United Kingdom even if the WBC doesn’t order them to fight next.
“If that fight happens, it would happen in the UK,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “I think my co-promoter, Frank Warren, is in favor of that fight. I haven’t talked to Tyson. We’ve gotta see how Tyson feels about the fight. And if everybody wants to do it, I’m fine with it. I’m not concerned about putting Tyson Fury in with anybody because I think he beats every heavyweight out there. I think, funny enough, the toughest fight he would have would be Usyk, because Usyk is maybe, next to Tyson, the best boxer in the heavyweight division.”
Ukraine’s Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) is contractually committed to an immediate rematch with Anthony Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs), the British superstar Usyk upset by 12-round unanimous decision to win the IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO belts September 25 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
The Jamaican-born, London-based Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) was supposed to face Swedish southpaw Otto Wallin (22-1, 14 KOs, 1 NC) this Saturday night at O2 Arena in London.
Whyte withdrew from their 12-round bout last week due to a shoulder injury. The WBC interim champion has since said that he would prefer to face Fury next, rather than rescheduling his fight with Wallin.
“Dmitriy is pushing for that fight to be rescheduled,” Arum said in reference to Dmitriy Salita, Wallin’s promoter. “We have some influence with the WBC, but again, we have to find out what Tyson wants to do. It may turn out to be that Dillian Whyte is the best available guy for Tyson to fight. There aren’t many guys out there, though maybe Joe Joyce would be a possibility. That would be a big fight in the UK, and I think for Tyson’s overall popularity, he should do a fight now in the UK.”
London’s Joyce (13-0, 12 KOs) is the WBO’s top-ranked contender for one of Usyk’s titles, but he is promoted by Warren’s company, Queensberry Promotions. Joyce is the WBC’s third-rated challenger for Fury’s title.
Regardless, the 33-year-old Fury’s past five fights have taken place on American soil. Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs), a Manchester native, knocked out Alabama’s Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) in the 11th round of their third fight October 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Arum feels Fury would knock out Whyte as well.
“I see Tyson fighting Whyte as similar to Wilder – not as dangerous, but similar to Wilder,” Arum said. “Tyson punches the sh*t out of him. I really believe he overwhelms him. Wilder was always dangerous, as he showed in that fourth round, because he’s got that punch. But nobody’s as big a puncher as Wilder.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.